Featured by Teatro Vivo and special collaboration with The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Conjunto Blues by Nicolas R. Valdez premieres December 4th – December 6th, 2020!
Registration is FREE. You will receive a passcode to unlock the film and zoom links to attend the virtual events.
Written by: Nicolas R. Valdez
Directed by: Joel C. Settles
Guest Musicians: Luis Gonzalez, Joaquin “Muerte” Abrego, and Sarah Rocha
Set Design: Tomas Salas
Lighting Technician: Alex Casillas
Filmed by Jose Lozano, Magic Spoon Production Co.
Available for ON-DEMAND streaming beginning December 4th!
Teatro Vivo presents Conjunto Blues, a play that explores the social and historical conditions that led to the development of Conjunto music as an expression of cultural resistance and liberation. This one-person performance centers around playwright, actor, and musician Nicolás Valdez’s personal experience growing up in the Conjunto music scene and is loosely based on the relationship with his grandfather, himself a Conjunto music aficionado. Audiences are taken through a shifting landscape of memory and reflection that is highlighted throughout with traditional music performed live by Valdez and accompanied by musicians on Bajo Sexto (12 string Mexican guitar), Tololoche (upright bass), and drums. Filled with a cast of colorfully poignant characters, Conjunto Blues is a deeply personal performance for audiences of all ages and backgrounds that is sure to entertain and educate.
Following the opening night performance on Friday Dec. 4, Valdez along with Julian Arizola and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, will host a question and answer session via Zoom where audience members will have a chance to discuss the production and ask questions about the show and Conjunto music in general.
Special Workshop Presentation
In addition to the online presentation of Conjunto Blues, Valdez will also host an hour-long online workshop and discussion on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2:00PM CST.
Presented live online from Valdez’s home, the workshop will revolve around specific themes drawn from a series of pre-recorded interviews and historical documentary footage compiled by Valdez. These 2-3 minute video segments include topics revolving around Conjunto’s campesino origins; its stylistic evolutions; women and the recording industry; Pachucos and the nightlife; and include ethnographic interviews with prominent figures in the Conjunto Music scene. These mini-documentaries serve as a vehicle to untangle the complexity of Conjunto Music’s origins and evolution, as well as the long-term impacts on the Mexican-American community itself. Importantly, the accordion, while fundamental to Conjunto Music, has a parallel experience within other immigrant communities in this country connecting us across ethnicities and generations. The crux of this conversation will focus on how Conjunto Music, as an “original American ensemble,” parallels the evolution of the Mexican-American identity.
“The focus of this work, for me, has always been to highlight the many contributions of the Mexican-American community to the cultural fabric of this country,” says Nicolas Valdez, “and to show audiences how Conjunto Music, an original and uniquely American form of musical expression, became the soundtrack for the 20th century Mexican-American working-class experience.”
“Conjunto music defines our unique culture here in South Texas,” says Cristina Balli, Executive Director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, TX. “We are proud to collaborate with Teatro Vivo in helping to bring Nicolas’ story to our audiences. Conjunto Blues resonates with Tejanos in a deep and meaningful way and people from all cultural backgrounds throughout Texas and the Southwest will definitely be moved by it.”
Conjunto Blues made its World Premiere in April of 2013 in Denver, Colorado through the support of Su Teatro and by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Performance Network. A tour of Arizona in the fall of 2015, through collaborations with Borderlands Theater, Performance in the Borderlands, the Center for Leadership and the University of Arizona culminated in a performance at the historic FOX Theater in downtown Tucson. The following year Conjunto Blues was presented at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts center as part of the 35th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival. After a year of further development with fellow actor and director Ruben C. Gonzalez, Conjunto Blues participated in The Los Angeles Theater Company’s 2017 Encuentro de las Americas that featured three weeks of artistic exchange, cross-company co-creation, and presented performances, in repertory, for audiences in Los Angeles.
REGISTER HERE for Conjunto Blues events. Registration is FREE. You will receive a passcode to unlock the film and zoom links to attend the virtual events.
This project is generously made possible by the City of Austin, The Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the arts.
Cuento Navideño Written and Directed by Rupert Reyes, an on-line production
December 10th – 20th, 2020
Performance Streaming Date and Times:
DEC. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 7PM
DEC. 13, 20 @ 2PM
DEC. 10 will be FREE, hosted by the MACC, livestreamed here: https://www.facebook.com/AustinESBMACC
Following every performance, Teatro Vivo will host a live discussion with members of the Cuento Navideño company, hosted by Ben Bazán. The discussions are free and will go live immediately following each performance. All talk-backs will be live on zoom at this link: https://tinyurl.com/2020cuento
Teatro Vivo returns with the 2020 virtual production of Cuento Navideño: Bah Humbug in the Barrio, a bilingual holiday comedy Dec. 10 -20.
Teatro Vivo gives the gift of laughter once again this holiday season. This year’s production brings back the beloved characters from the 2012 production and offers some new surprises! Written and directed by Rupert Reyes and inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Cuento Navideño (A Christmas Story) takes place on Christmas Eve in a modern, urban Latino community. Evangelina Cruz is the Latina version of Ebenezer Scrooge. She is a selfish businesswoman who has lost touch with her culture, her family and connection to her community. An unexpected visit from the ghost of her former business partner, the once equally-greedy Teodora, sets Evangelina on a journey to look closely at her choices.
This festive bilingual comedy infuses Latino culture, Spanish language, and Latino holiday traditions in a show to be enjoyed by the whole Austin familia.
Virtual Performances are Dec. 10-20 2020; Thursdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
CAST AND GUEST ARTIST SCHEDULES:
THURSDAY DEC. 10 @ 7 PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Yvonne Cortez Flores
Yvonne Cortez Flores was recently nominated in the category, Outstanding Actress in Theatre for Youth, for her 2019 performance as Abuela in Yana Wana’s Legend of the Blue Bonnet by Teatro Vivo and Indigenous Cultures Institute. She has been so thankful to Rupert and Joann Reyes for giving her so many opportunities to act on stage. As well, many thanks to current acting comadre, Mary Alice Carnes, who gave Yvonne her first shot at a professional theatre production with My Visits with MGM (My Grandmother Martha) in 2000. Teatro Vivo is a true family indeed. Gracias for all you do!
FRIDAY, DEC. 11 @ 7 PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Rupert Reyes
Rupert Reyes is an Austin playwright and Founding Artistic Director of Teatro Vivo. The B. Iden Payne Theater Awards committee has nominated his plays for best new scripts and he has received several acting nominations as well. His collaboration with ZACH Theater and Glass Half Full Tjheater, Cenicienta, was awarded Best New Play in 2015 by the Critics Table Awards and is set to be performed at the Kennedy Center in April 2021. Vecinos, Love Thy Neighbor, a feature film adaptation of his stage play, Vecinos, has been completed and is looking for distribution. Thanks to the wonderful cast, crew and my wife, JoAnn.
SAT, DEC 12 @ 7 PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Ben Bazan
Ben Bazan, a graudate of the University of Texas is currently Athletic Director and Theater Guide at Acton Academy. He has appeared in previous Teatro Vivo productions. Including JJ’s Arcade in collaboration with Zach Theater. He wishes the cast and crew his best and it has been a great honor and pleasure to be part of this cast. He also wishes everyone a Feliz Navidad!
SUNDAY, DEC. 13 @ 2PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Angela Tolle
Angela Tolle está muy excited to be playing Amelia in Cuento Navidad! Her love of acting was renewed in 2017 as a performer in Teatro Vivo’s Austin New Latino Play Festival. Since then she has enjoyed performing in two more ANLPF readings and also being on stage for the Teatro Vivo productions of “Sangre de un Angel” and “La Pastorela”. Angela wishes everyone una Feliz Navidad and dedicates her performance to her mom who is watching from up above.
THURSDAY, DEC 17 @ 7 PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Mary Alice Carnes
Mary Alice Carnes is excited to be with Teatro Vivo again on Cuento Navideño. She has worked with Austin and regional companies and playwrights including Raul Garza, Rupert Reyes, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, and Dolores J. Diaz, Different Stages, Zilker Theatre Productions, Austin Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Austin Musical Theater/Broadway Texas, and Austin Shakespeare. She was honored to participate in the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays in Sharon Walker’s The Madres in 2016 and its national rolling premiere with Shrewd Productions in 2018. Mary Alice has directed new works at FronteraFest, including Route 307 by Rupert Reyes (Best of the Week, 2011), Rosetta by Candyce Rusk (Best of the Fest and Best of the Week, 2004), and 2018’s Atacama by Augusto Federico Amador for Teatro Vivo’s Austin Latino New Play Festival.
FRIDAY, DEC 18 @ 7 PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Santos and Celeste Palacios
Celeste Palacios enjoys reading, listening to music and singing in her middle school choir. Celeste is delighted to perform in Cuentos Navideños, and most of all to return to the Teatro Vivo Family! In 2019, she played Astucia in La Pastorela. The summers prior to that Celeste has been in Broadway Bound where she played in Aladdin as a narrator (2016), in Peter Pan as Wendy (2017), in 42nd Street as a singer (2018), and in Bye Bye Birdie as Kim McAfee (2019).
Santos Palacios enjoys swimming, playing basketball, singing and drawing. Santos has performed in his elementary school’s shows. His first time on stage was with Teatro Vivo‘s La Pastorela, playing Mingo in 2019. He is blessed to have the continued cariño and guidance of this company and its talented cast and crew as he performs as Diego in Cuentos Navideños.
SATURDAY, DEC 19 @ 7 PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Genevieve Schroeder-Arce
Genevieve Schroeder-Arce is a 14 year old freshman at LASA High School. Her acting credits include the role of “Young Teresa” in USA Network’s Queen of the South. She has also participated in several productions with Teatro Vivo, including “Maria” in Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet, in collaboration with Indigenous Cultures Institute, “Alyssa” in Sangre de un Angel, and “Cucharita” in La Pastorela. Genevieve has also performed with UT Austin and Austin Shakespeare and loves to workshop new plays. She is thrilled to be in Cuento Navideño this year with Teatro Vivo! Genevieve plans to study pre-med in college.
SUNDAY, DEC 20 @ 2PM/TALKBACK FOLLOWING – Anya Villa Reyes and Amelia Reyes
Anya Reyes Villa first appeared with Teatro Vivo in their first show, Petra’s Cuento in 2000. She was also in the second production of Cuento Navideño at the Rollins Theater at the Long Center. She continues to be involved in theater and has produced her own events, her last being Hecha me un Ojo. She wants to thank her loving husband, Mario for his support and gives a shout out to the newest family member, Yuli Jo. Break a leg everyone!
Amelia Reyes first appeared in Cuento Navideño in 2011. It was also her stage debut at age 14 months. She has appeared most recently in La Pastorela in 2019. She loves to sing and hopes to one day have her own You Tube channel. She hopes to continue doing theater, especially musical theater in the future. Special thanks to her Mom, Anya, her dad Mario, and her new little sister, Yuli. I will also be there for you! Thank you to all the cast and crew for making this a great experience. Merrry Christmas y Feliz Navidad!
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. This project is also funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future; visit http://www.NowPlayingAustin.com.
Teatro Vivo is a sponsor of this production. December 5th, 2020
Texas Performing Arts welcomes you to a family-friendly performance of Señora Tortuga performed by San Antonio’s The Magik Theatre on Saturday, December 5 under the Texas Big Top on the Bass Concert Hall Plaza.
Written by UT’s Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Señora Tortuga is a celebration of the confluence of two cultures and languages. This English/Spanish bilingual play uses the wisdom tales of Latin American cultures to give hope to a family faced with too much reality.
Young Pedro and his family make their home in a barn on the Mexican border. Pedro complains of having nothing and brings his mother many headaches. On one occasion, she invites a hungry woman to share the family dinner. But this Señora returns time and again to eat and tell fantastical stories of the enchanted serpent and Cucuy of Latin American legend, filling Pedro’s nights with heroic, yet frightening dreams. Surprisingly, Pedro is learning from these wisdom tales, but his mother is suspicious of the Señora until it is revealed that Señora Tortuga holds the thread that ties their past dreams to their future.
Capacity is strictly limited, masks are required, and tickets will be sold in socially distanced “pods” of 2 seats for $20 per pod, 4 seats for $30 per pod, and 6 seats for $40 per pod. Everyone needs a ticket to enter.
Sponsored by Marquee Event Rentals, H-E-B Tournament of Champions, and the University of Texas Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
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For three weekends, November 6-21, 2020, Avante Theatre Project, The VORTEX, Teatro Vivo, and ProyectoTEATRO, present our third annual FuturX Festival of new and avant-garde LatinX performance. This 3-weekend Festival celebrates the many permutations and intersections of LatinX identity in the 21st Century and beyond, featuring work that dives deep into the complexities of LatinX identity.
We welcome everyone who desires a Latinidad that explores the myriad ways of being LatinX, especially when being LatinX intersects with being queer, trans, mixed race, African diaspora, indigenous, disabled, a woman, or anyone else that has struggled to find a voice in traditional theatre.
As the featured flagship performance of FuturX Festival 2020, ProyectoTEATRO’s Los Contemporáneos will be performed live on stage at The VORTEX for 6 amazing performances, each unique and live-streamed.
FuturX Festival highlights virtual, original performances created for the festival by dozens of artists including Florinda Bryant, Marina de la Fuente, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, Krysta Gonzales, Lily Gonzalez, Siri Gurudev, Line 720, Lilli Lopez, Chola Magnolia, Jessica Peña, Eva Margarita, Gricelda Silva, Teatro Quarantine, and Tia Diosas.
FuturX Festival is curated by Rudy Ramirez, Artistic Director of Avante Theatre Project and Associate Artistic Director of The VORTEX. Ramirez has received 5 B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Direction and was named Best Director in the 2017 The Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll. He works with numerous companies, staging work at the Southwestern University, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and the Santa Cruz Theater. He has achieved national recognition as a finalist for the 2015 NNPN Director’s Fellowship and the 2018 TCG Alan Schneider Award. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Directing at University at Massachusetts at Amherst.
ProyectoTEATRO serves as a cultural organization and a social project with the mission of promoting and preserving Latin American culture through the arts in Spanish. ProyectoTEATRO’’s vision is to make the arts accessible to the entire community, with a focus on the Latino population, in order to reduce the sociocultural differences of today’s society. “We do theater because life is not enough”.
Teatro Vivo is dedicated to producing quality bilingual theater accessible to all theater audiences and artists. Teatro Vivo reflects the heart and soul of the Latino reality by opening a unique window for all to share in this experience. Inspired by the power of theater to educate and entertain, Teatro Vivo produces and promotes Latino theater that showcases the Latino experience, accessible to all audiences, especially those underserved by the arts.
The VORTEX has advanced cutting-edge theatre in Austin for over 30 years by conjuring urgent, unashamed art to create action in a shifting age, embracing diverse communities, breaking down barriers, and elevating inclusive discourse from our home in Austin, Texas. The VORTEX enlivens humanity with magical green new theatre at The Butterfly Bar and Sanctuary. The VORTEX’s art reflects diversity of people and voices from the global majority and honors sustainability and environmentalism.
Durante tres fines de semana, del 6 al 21 de noviembre del 2020, VORTEX, Teatro Vivo, ProyectoTEATRO y Avante Theatre Project presentarán nuestro tercer Festival FuturX: unfestival anual de actuaciones nuevas y de vanguardia de LatinX. Este festival de 3 fines de semana celebrará las múltiples permutaciones e intersecciones de la identidad LatinX en el siglo XXI y en el futuro. Se presentarán obras que exploran las complejidades profundas de la latinidad.
Este año, nos reuniremos virtualmente en un LABERINTO interactivo en donde el público podra pasear de un Zoom Room a otro Zoom Room para experimentar una serie de obras de artistas cuya latinidad es queer, trans, feminista, afrolatinx e indígena. Dichas obras incluirán: la adivinación por cartas de Loteria, sesiones de coaching personal, burlesque, rituales mágicos, unas tías divinas, sesiones de DJ y más. Los días 20 y 21 de noviembre a las 21:00 horas, presentaremos nuestro evento principal: una transmisión virtual del nuevo trabajo de ProyectoTEATRO que explora y critica la “Raza Cosmica” de José Vasconcelos.
FuturX Festival 2020 destaca obras originales virtuales creadas para el festival por decenas de artistas como ProyectoTEATRO, Ben Bazan, Florinda Bryant, Marina de la Fuente, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, Krysta Gonzales, Lily Gonzales, Siri Gurudev , Línea 720, Lilli Lopez, Chola Magnolia, Nava Mau, Jessica Peña, Eva Margarita, Gricelda Silva, Teatro Quarantine y Tía Diosas.
El comisario del Festival FuturX es Rudy Ramirez, el Director Artístico de Avante Theatre Project y el Director Artístico Asociado de The VORTEX. Ramírez ha recibido 5 premios B. Iden Payne por su dirección teatral sobresaliente y fue nombrado el Mejor Director por la encuesta de lectores del Austin Chronicle en 2017. Trabaja con varias compañías y ha dirigido obras teatrales en Southwestern University, el centro cultural mexicano-americano Emma S. Barrientos (MACC), el Long Center for the Performing Arts y el teatro Santa Cruz. Ha logrado reconocimiento nacional como finalista de la Beca de Director NNPN 2015 y con el Premio TCG Alan Schneider 2018. Actualmente está cursando una maestría en dirección en la Universidad de Massachusetts en Amherst.
Cuándo: del 6 al 21 de noviembre de 2020
¡¡Solo 6 noches !!
Los viernes y sábados durante 3 semanas a las 8pm:
El 6 y 7, el 13 y 14, y el 20 y 21 de noviembre del 2020
Boletos: $ 15
www.vortexrep.org o llamando al 512-478-5282
Radical Rush: Habrá un número limitado de boletos gratis para Radical Rush. Envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com los viernes y sábados a las 7pm antes del espectáculo para obtener uno de esos boletos.
ProyectoTEATRO estrenará Raza Cosmica (título provisional) en el escenario de The VORTEX como parte del Festival. ProyectoTEATRO funge como una organización cultural y un proyecto social con la misión de promover y preservar la cultural Latinoamericana por medio de las artes en español. ProyectoTeatro tiene como visión hacer las artes accesibles a toda la comunidad, con un enfoque en la población Latina, para poder así, disminuir las diferencias socioculturales de la sociedad presente. “Hacemos teatro porque la vida no alcanza.”
Teatro Vivo se dedica a producir teatro bilingüe de gran calidad, accesible para todas las audiencias y artistas de teatro. Teatro Vivo refleja el corazón y el alma latina a través de una ventana extraordinaria, a través de la cual el público comparte esta experiencia. Inspirado por el poder del teatro para educar y entretener, Teatro Vivo produce y promueve el teatro latino mostrando la experiencia cotidiana latina de una manera accesible para todos, sobre todo para aquellos que normalmente no tienen acceso a las bellas artes.
El VORTEX ha estado presentado teatro de vanguardia en Austin, Texas durante más de 30 años. Ha sabido conjurar el arte urgente y sin vergüenza para promover acción en una era cambiante y alojar a las comunidades diversas con brazos abiertos, rompiendo barreras y elevando el discurso inclusivo. El VORTEX anima a la humanidad con un nuevo teatro verde y mágico en The Butterfly Bar and Sanctuary. El arte del VORTEX refleja la diversidad de voces y de personas de la mayoría de la población mundial y honra la sustentabilidad y el ambientalismo.
Avante Theatre Project fue fundado por Rudy Ramirez en 2018 para desarrollar, producir y promover obras nuevas y de vanguardia de artistas latinos que celebran las complejidades, las contradicciones y las intersecciones de la latinidad. Avante ha producido el Festival FuturX durante tres años y tiene planeado elaborar tres nuevas obras basadas en las obras de Federico García Lorca a través de una residencia artística con Fusebox y Texas Performing Arts.
FuturX Festival is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, Teatro Vivo, ProjectoTEATRO, Avante Theatre Project, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Tickets and more information www.vortexrep.org
Teatro Vivo in collaboration with ScriptWorks, unites playwrights and audience members in conversation surrounding new works of Latino theatre. After each performance, the playwright participates in a talkback session with the audience. The ALNPF features four new plays by playwrights from throughout the U.S.
We are so excited to be sharing these shows with you online along with talkbacks with our playwrights & dramaturgs each night! Each day we’ll feature a new play reading on our website and a talkback with each playwright at 8 p.m or 3pm. Each recorded performance will only be available from 12pm CST until the post-show discussion time. Stay tuned for daily announcements for each play! Click on the links below to access performances and Zoom discussion links.
May 14, 2020
Take Care by Ryan Oliveira
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Nosotros aqui at Teatro Vivo, in partnership with ScriptWorks, hope that you are all doing well. In keeping with tradition, we are back for our Austin New Latinx Play Festival! This year, we’ll be going digital. You’ll be able to enjoy these shows right from the comfort of your home. Our festival is May 14 – 16! Stay tuned for more.
Teatro Vivo is proud to present the award winning production of (Un)Documents by Jesus I. Valles at the Mexican American Cultural Center this February! Comprised of poems, journal entries, and immigration paperwork, (Un)Documents is a struggle to tell and an attempt to figure out what’s worth telling. It is an attempt to ask questions about how we talk about citizenship, documentation, its absence, and what, if anything, comes from telling. Mostly, “it’s a story about me and my brothers and some papers.”
(Un)Documents is a multiple B. Iden Payne Award winner for Outstanding Actor in a Drama (Jesus I. Valles), Outstanding Director of a Drama (Rudy Ramirez), and Outstanding Original Script. It is also an Austin Critics Table Award recipient for Excellence in Direction (Rudy Ramirez) and in was named one of Robert Faires’s Top10 Theatrical Treasurers of 2018 in the Austin Chronicle.
AUSTIN, Texas – Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the 2020 Austin Latinx New Play Festival presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to run May 14 to May 16, 2020.
Take Care by Ryan Oliveira
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Diablos, angelitos, y pastores – valgame! It must be December! Teatro Vivo is proud to present La Pastorela 2019, adapted and directed by Teatro Vivo founder Rupert Reyes. A tradition since the 16th century, La Pastorela is an annual Yuletide play that has been performed all over Mexico and Latinoamerica. Passed from generation to generation, La Pastorela tells the story of shepherds as they embark on a journey and encounter angels and demons who will test their strength and faith along their pilgrimage. La Pastorela has been an Austin tradition for more than 40 years, and we can’t wait to share this marvelous cultural celebration with you and your whole family!
In a world fraught with conflict where cruelty is louder than kindness, La Pastorela reminds us what is possible with community, heart, and a little singing. Join us in celebrating the spirit of the season with this Austin community tradition December 12th through the 22nd. Clemencia Zapata returns as music director for this production, and we could not be more thrilled. We’ll also be hosting a special “pay-what-you-wish” preview night and a Friday night opening reception.
This year La Pastorela takes a closer look at the refugees that seek the promise of a better life with humor and warmth. We’ll be inviting organizations like Casa Marianela, RAICES, Jolt, and other community partners! Join us!
La Pastorela 2019 is written and directed by Rupert Reyes.
AFTERSHOCK/LA RÉPLICA is a world premiere stage-play that explores new dimensions of Latinx military service.
The Latinx soldiers and citizens in this play expect military service to reinforce their identity and ideas about family, patriotism, and even sexuality, but the military is often a place that mixes up the moral compass, and one’s sense of self, and invents a new identity.
Here in 2019, white nationalists are trying to jam Latinos into second-class citizenship, and art that tells our story is the surest way to crush their lies beneath our feet. Latino military service has always been a way for us to prove our status both as providers for our families, and as protectors of our country. This November, we get the chance to honor the service and lives of our ancestors and families by looking at the messy, sexy details of what it means to be a Latinx U.S. soldier.
The script draws on first-person narratives, interviews, archival sources, Latinx poetry, veteran writings, rumors, legends, and some of the best ATX imaginations. Thinkery & Verse, Teatro Vivo, Canopy Theatre, and ArtSpark are proud to be a part of the inaugural Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVA Fest) at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The ‘MACC’ is Austin’s only theater venue located in the lightning hot Rainey Street district.